Jaguar Racing has announced a number of organisational updates ahead of the 2021/22 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, and will become Jaguar TCS Racing for Season 8 as new title sponsor Tata Consultancy Services joins the team.
Jaguar TCS Racing heads into Season 8 after its most successful campaign to-date, with the efforts of Mitch Evans and Sam Bird firing the outfit to second in the Teams' World Championship in 2020/21.
The team's efforts since the chequered flag fell in Berlin have been focussed on refining its I-TYPE 5 with revisions in software aimed at improve energy management further - the car having already proven to be its best in Formula E yet throughout Season 7. The team has also been hard at work in the simulator, understanding how to extract the best out of Formula E's new qualifying format.
Alongside the development work during the off-season, and the new title partnership with global IT services and consulting company TCS, Jaguar TCS Racing has been given additional prominence in Jaguar Land Rover's motorsport division as part of the British manufacturer's Reimagine strategy; using competition on-track to test, learn, develop and share innovations across the company, benefiting future road car development with Jaguar going all-electric from 2025.
James Barclay takes on the role of managing director, Jaguar Land Rover Motorsport Limited in the reorganisation, in addition to his positionas team principal of Jaguar TCS Racing while Jaguar Land Rover chief executive officer, Thierry Bollore, becomes chairman.
“Launch day is always exciting as we look forward to the possibilities of the upcoming season after months of hard-work behind the scenes," says team principal James Barclay.
"Welcoming a brand-new title partner is a real honour and we look forward to a highly innovative and successful partnership together. It’s an announcement we’ve been looking forward to revealing and is an exciting time to see a global leader like Tata Consultancy Services joining other blue-chip brands in Formula E. After our most successful season to-date we have been working hard to improve further on our performance with the aim to race for more points, wins and ultimately the world championship.
"During the off-season we’ve introduced a new 'Motorsport Executive Committee' dedicated to maximising the opportunities of our motorsport activity including technology transfer from race to road. It is very special to be an integral part of reimagining Jaguar’s all-electric future.”
Published on 2nd November 2021
"Motorsport is the ultimate challenge and to succeed in this highly competitive arena you must excel in all areas," adds Thierry Bolore, CEO Jaguar Land Rover and JLR Motorsport Chairman. "Technology, innovation, agility, unity, and teamwork are all important learnings which we can implement across the company and wider group. I recognise these benefits and want to make sure that our future motorsport activity structure is set-up for maximum success."
"We're delighted to expand our partnership with Jaguar Land Rover and join forces as Jaguar TCS Racing to harness collective knowledge and innovate for a sustainable future for all. This paves the way for the adoption of advanced tech, utilisation of cleaner energy, and the evolution of novel business models. Our efforts will make a lasting impact on people, communities, and the planet."
Sam Bird joined Jaguar ahead of Season 7 and strode to two victories - one on his debut weekend with the team in Diriyah and the other in New York City after a storming fightback.
The Brit wound up sixth in the standings, though only 12 points shy of eventual champion Nyck de Vries (Mercedes-EQ). Teammate Mitch Evans went better still, amassing five podiums on the way to fourth and 90 points in the Drivers' standings.
Bird feels the team are well-placed but he's anticipating a real fight for honours.
“Last season we enjoyed a lot of success together with a couple of wins and I learnt a lot about the team and about how to get the most out of the Jaguar I-TYPE 5," adds Sam Bird.
"Our performance last season shows we have a great formula for success. The championship is fiercely competitive, but we are fully focused on consistently scoring points and challenging for wins. It will be another close season where every qualifying, race and point will count.”